We All Live In A Croissant-Shaped Giant Bubble, Say Astronomers

We All Live In A Croissant-Shaped Giant Bubble, Say Astronomers

by Jamie Carter, Forbes

Physicists have revealed a refined new model of the heliosphere—the vast region around the Sun extending more than twice as far as Pluto—that depicts it as a crescent-shaped magnetic force-field resembling a freshly baked croissant.

What is the heliosphere?

It’s the region of space that the Sun commands; its sphere of influence. It’s the extent of the solar wind—charged particles spewed-out by the Sun–that extends far past the orbits of the planets, creating a bubble around the Sun that accompanies it in its journey through interstellar space. At the edges of the heliosphere is where the solar wind meets the interstellar wind. It casts a magnetic force field around all the planets, deflecting charged particles that would otherwise get into the solar system … and destroy DNA.

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